Trafalgar Square Publishing, U.S. distributor of U.K. publishers, and a division of Independent Publishers Group, has signed a distribution agreement with Penguin Books and the Random House Group.
Ranking of largest book manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada is based on each company's revenue earned within the book sector. This data was compiled by our sister publication Printing Impressions. Some notable organizations, such as RR Donnelley, choose not to disclose financial information on a per-sector basis.
Book publishers are not alone in their attempts to adapt and thrive in a new digital era. Since the introduction of the ebook, printers have faced a radically different industry, one in which print demand has slowed and publishers seek the efficiencies of digital production and distribution. Printers have been forced, much like publishers, to reassess their value in the industry, be more nimble, and find new ways to cut costs and improve efficiencies.
Last week Book Business and sister publication Printing Impressions held the Digital Book Printing Conference at New York City's Marriott Marquis. The first conference of its kind, the conference (AKA, DigiBook) brought together more than 150 book publishers, book manufacturers, and printing suppliers for a day of networking and education around digital printing. The event provided a platform for attendees to connect with different players in the book publishing supply chain and learn about the opportunities digital printing presents for the industry.
A number of new developments and new technologies suggest that custom textbook publishing is on the cusp of a boom not seen since the early 1990s.
There have been great advances in short-run digital printing (SRDP) and print-on-demand (POD) technologies over the last decade.
When PW began this series in September 2013, the book publishing industry appeared headed to a market where print and digital books would coexist.